ScotRail to keep people moving during improvement works

Friday, 10 August 2018

ScotRail will keep its customers moving during upcoming improvement works in Lanarkshire.

Over the coming weeks, engineers from Network Rail Scotland – ScotRail’s partner in the ScotRail Alliance - will be replacing track, and replacing and upgrading signalling equipment. This will improve reliability for customers on some of Scotland’s busiest rail routes.

The vast majority of these works will take place at weekends, although a small amount will also take place on weekdays, and not all routes will be affected at once.

While works are taking place, services will be diverted via alternative routes, or run to different times from normal. In some cases, buses will replace trains for some or all of their journeys.

Customers are encouraged to plan ahead, and leave extra time for travel. Full details of the changes to services are available at

Services from Glasgow Central to the following destinations will be affected:

  • Edinburgh Waverley (via Shotts and Carstairs)
  • Lanark
  • Newton
  • Motherwell
  • Carstairs
  • Cumbernauld
  • Milngavie
  • Dalmuir
  • Larkhall
  • Balloch
  • Whifflet

David Dickson, the ScotRail Alliance’s Infrastructure Director, said:

“We are building the best railway that Scotland has ever had, and these works are a step towards that.

“Our customers will benefit from the upgraded signalling system, which will increase reliability along these key routes.

“We understand how frustrating it is for people when their regular journey is disrupted, and we will be doing all we can to keep them moving.

“We are encouraging customers to leave extra time for travel, and plan journeys in advance. They can do this on our website, or by downloading our free app.”


All trains are replaced by buses between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Shotts on Sundays until 9 December, due to electrification works. This is reflected in the main timetables, but also displayed at for clarity.